About the Health Indicators Risk Identification Survey Tool

The Domains and Indicators for Healthy Aging

This list outlines the three domains and indicators included in the Health Indicators survey.

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The Health Risk Identification survey tool was developed on the premise that, to advance successful aging in place, community-based organizations are well positioned to address three of the seven domains of healthy aging, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • access to health care
  • engagement in prevention, promotion, and wellness activities and services; and
  • management of chronic conditions.    

Those three domains each have corresponding CDC-identified indicators, several of which are addressed by survey questions.  For “access to health care” the corresponding indicators addressed by questions include clients’ health insurance coverage, their regular source of care, and their designation of a health proxy.   For “engagement in prevention, promotion, and wellness activities and services” the indicators include self-reported health status, the number of prescription medications they may be taking, and how current they are with immunizations and screenings. And for “management of chronic conditions” indicators include your clients’ chronic conditions, how they are being managed, risk screening for depression, and whether assistive devices are used.   

The 72-question survey tool is substantively based on standardized questions from validated national and local surveys, including the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2010), the National Health Interview Survey (2010), the U.S. Census (2010), and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s AdvantAge Survey (2010).  Additionally, several questions were developed specifically for this questionnaire and pilot-tested in 12 NORCs. (See the source list by question.)  

The survey tool is easy to use and designed to be administered by frontline staff when working with their clients.  Once the survey is administered, its results are entered into a secure, Web-based database, which produces automated reports.  Read more about how Health Risk Identification works.

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